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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or eczema?

How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or  eczema?

A dermatologist...: ...Will take a sample of the scale from the rash, put it under the microscope, and look for fungal elements (we call them "hyphae"). If they are present, it's a fungal infection; if not, eczema or something closely related in most cases. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or if it's just eczema?

How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or if it's just eczema?

It can be tricky.: There is overlap between the appearance and symptoms of eczema & fungal infections. Both can be red, scaly and itchy. Mild eczema responds well to moisturizers & Hydrocortisone cream. This treatment can actually worsen some fungal infections. Fungal infections respond well to antifungal creams. If your rash is not improving, see your dermatologist. A simple non-invasive skin test can sort it out. ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering if I could use an OTC anti fungal ointment for what I think is atopic eczema on my cheeks and chin. My cheeks get red & super dry.

Hi, I was wondering if I could use an OTC anti fungal ointment for what I think is atopic eczema on my cheeks and chin. My cheeks get red & super dry.

You can: But OTC antifungal is not the treatment of choice for atopic dermatitis. Use a gentle emollient like cerave, cetaphil, aquaphor and see a dermatologist if it is too much to manage with those measures ...Read more

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I have eczema. I've gotten a rash in my groin that has not gotten better with cortisone cream. How do I know if it's a fungal rash?

I have eczema. I've gotten a rash in my groin that has not gotten better with cortisone cream. How do I know if it's a fungal rash?

Tinea cruris?: If fungal, this would be called tinea cruris. It's typically on both inner thighs as well as the groin. It's very itchy, brownish in color, and irregularly bordered. Cortisone may help the itchiness but would not help the rash to clear - that's one hint that it may not be eczema. If it's an irregular, brownish bilateral rash,,you may want to try an anti fungal cream. ...Read more

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Help please.Dermatologist wrote me Alcortin A 1-2-1 Gel for itching possible fungal/eczema. One month supply is $2547. Any other replacement for this?

Help please.Dermatologist wrote me Alcortin A  1-2-1 Gel for itching possible fungal/eczema. One month supply is $2547. Any other replacement for this?

Alternate available: Hydrocortisone 1%/iodoquinol 1% cream is available without aloe vera for 25-145 dollars US that should work as well for a 28g tube vs 2500 for 48g of Alcortin A.. You can always add aloe vera topically at the time of application. Alcortin A was judged possibly effective by the US FDA. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

See Your Doctor: If you have a concerning rash that is persistent I would suggest seeing your primary doctor so that he or she can see the rash in person for more proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

Eczyma: eczyma refers to dry patches of skin if these patches get infected it can mimic a fungal infection but generally fungal infections affect the web spaces between the toes and fingers and the lesions look moist and weeping in nature with whitish exudate. In addition eczyma can occur in any part of the body fungal infections love moist areas of the skin ...Read more

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Acc to doc, I have seborrheic eczema on half my face. Two types of anti-fungal + steroid creams didn't work. What else can I try?

Acc to doc, I have seborrheic eczema on half my face. Two types of anti-fungal + steroid creams didn't work. What else can I try?

Eczema: There are a variety of treatment options for severe eczema, including oral corticosteroids, phototherapy, immune suppressants, biologics and others, but these should all be administered by a Dermatologist. I hope this helps. If you want to talk more about this schedule a virtual appointment with Dr. Yetimyan at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more